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Dear Andy


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Rebecca McDonald
9 October 2014
Dr. Shafer
English 101
Dear Andy:
My friends and I are thinking of going on a LSD trip since our grandparents always speak so nostalgically of it when they were lucid. Could you give me some research on the history and effects of this enigmatic drug off the 60's? Should we do it? By the way we are in our mid- twenties.
Tripping into Yesterday...
Dear Tripping into Yesterday:
In today’s society illegal drugs are a big, controversial topic that is talked about frequently. Whether they are trying to legalize the drug or people are getting busted for the possession of it. You have a great question, and it is good to be curious about things in life. Let me tell you a little more about LSD, more than what your grandparents know. LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) is a compound derived from lysergic acid and is used as a powerful hallucinogenic drug. The acid comes from a type of fungus that grows on grains like rye and wheat. It came about when a chemist by the name of Albert Hofmann first synthesized LSD in 1938 while looking for a blood stimulant. Although its hallucinogenic effects where not known until 1943 when he accidently ingested it. The drug was first tested on animals to ensure safety to be tested on humans.
After the discovery of its extraordinary psychic effects, the substance had its first trials on animals. They were admitted into the series of experimental preparations. Most of the fundamental studies on animals were carried out by Dr. Aurelio Cerletti (Hoffman). Research on the drug continued through the 1960s when it was popularized by a psychologist named Timothy Leary. Who encouraged American students to “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” This created an entire culture of drug abuse and spread the drug rapidly around the world. People began using the drug for many different purposes. They used it to escape from reality, increase awareness on the battle fields or to stimulate their imagination. Until the United States banned the drug in 1967. The drug is now being illegally made and distributed all around the world.
Now that we have a little background on the drug I can you tell you the many reasons why you should not ingest LSD. It might be fun to begin with but many things can go wrong. First off, you will begin to hallucinate, seeing things that aren't really there and thinking of things that aren't possible. Secondly, there are many health risk factors involved with LSD, confusion, anxiety, paranoia, mood swings, tremors, and lots more. Lastly it is illegal. You are breaking the law; it is a felony to consume the drug. These situations do not always occur while consuming the drug, but those are not chances you want to risk. So, I am replying to you in hopes that you will shut this opportunity down and will have no correlation with the drug LSD.
To begin with, the effects of LSD are unpredictable and dangerous. It all depends on the amount taken, the person’s mood and personality, and the surroundings in which the drug is used. It is a roll of the dice on how you will react. The drug causes you to think un-logically, possibly putting your life at danger. A website on "the truth about drugs" stated that:
The ability to make sensible judgments and see common dangers is impaired. An LSD user might try to step out a window to get a “closer look” at the ground. He might consider it fun to admire the sunset, blissfully unaware that he is standing in the middle of a busy intersection. (Short- & Long term...)
This website proves that when you are on this harmful drug you are not in your right mind and it will cause you to do things you would not normally do. Moreover a website on health issues stated that: “LSD leads to approximately 5,000 emergency room visits each year” (Statistics). So think to yourself, what if something goes wrong do you want to be one of those 5000 visitors?
Secondly LSD has many side effects and it's more than just a "bad trip." There are many short term effects of the drug. An article on the effects of LSD provided that:
The most common short-term effects of LSD use include, but are not limited to:, High-blood pressure, Hallucinations; an individual may taste, smell or see things that are not there, Becoming out of touch with reality, Dilated pupils, Sleeplessness, Increased heart rate, Dry mouth, Loss of appetite, Sweating, Increase in body temperature, Tremors, and Paranoia.( The Effects of LSD…)
Those just being some of the side effects. You may experience these at any time during or after your LSD trip, and possibly many of them at the same time. Additionally, the long term effects of the drug consist of “Violent behaviors, mood swings, drug tolerance, vison problems, irrational thinking, panic attacks, lack of motivation, criminal charges” (The Effects of LSD…) The list goes on and on, so think do you really want to deal with these symptoms the rest of your life?
And lastly the drug is illegal to be in possession of. If you are caught with the drug in the U.S you will receive “No less than 5 years or more than 40 for the first offense. If death or injury results from use, users receive no less than 20 years and a fine of not more than $2 million”(Is LSD addiction…). Clearly the U.S. doesn’t take LSD as a joke, and you do not want to sit in jail for at least five years over the 12 hours of fun you may have on your “trip”.
On the other hand, what your grandparents say about the drug may have some truth behind it. But don’t let it confuse you. Back in their twenties when this horrific drug came about people were taking it while being supervised, someone to make sure they didn’t do anything stupid. They would take it while in a laboratory, or in a studio. An article titled Things done while High listed, “DNA was discovered by the scientist Francis Crick, Freud and Cocaine invert psychoanalysis, Coke the soda was invented, and the Major League Baseball pitcher Dock Ellis pitched his first ever no hitter.” While all these great things were accomplished on LSD it didn’t get them too far. “Ellis had the career trajectory of Darryl Strawberry, never reaching his potential because of drug addiction. Instead of being a household name, Dock Ellis is just that guy who threw a no-hitter on acid.”
In conclusion you and your friends are only in your twenties you said. So do you really want to have to deal with all those side effect for the rest of your life? What if something goes wrong, an accident happens? Do you want to end up in the hospital or even dead? Or what if you get caught? I sure wouldn’t want to risk living the next half of my life in prison! So now that I have given you a thorough response on the history, dangers, and consequences of taking LSD, I hope that you re-think taking the drug. So don’t let what your grandparent say intrigue or have any influence on you.
Works Cited
Hofmann, Albert, and Jonathan Ott. LSD, My Problem Child Reflections on Sacred Drugs, aaaaaMysticism, and Science. Mt. View, Calif.: Wiretap, 199. Print.
“Is LSD Addiction a Crime?” LSD Abuse Help. N.p., 13 May. 2012. Web. 14 Oct. 2014
"The Effects of LSD Abuse." LSD Effects – Short and Long-Term Effects of LSD Abuse. N.p., aaaaaan.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.
"Short- & Long-Term Side Effects of Acid, Hallucinogens - LSD Flashbacks - Drug-Free aaaaaaWorld." Short- & Long-Term Side Effects of Acid, Hallucinogens - LSD Flashbacks - aaaaaaDrug-Free World. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.
"Statistics." - In The Know Zone. Education Specialty Publications, 11 Feb. 2011.Web. 14 Oct. aaaaaa2014.

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